Have you noticed that your teenager is listening to music with nasty lyrics or explicit language? Do you have concerns about this perverse music, but your teen does not seem to care?
It can be easy and even natural for teenagers to make excuses trying to justify the things that they enjoy, or the things that our culture tells them to enjoy. But parents must remember that excuses do not make something excusable.
Why it is Foolish to Make Certain Excuses for Perverse Music
It can be exasperating for parents to present facts in a logical and evidenced-based way only to be met with illogical, relativistic, or strictly emotional arguments from their teenagers. They may try to counter your arguments by saying things like, “Well, that’s just your perspective.” Does this sound familiar?
I have worked with troubled teenagers for a while now, and it is common for them to give a pass to sexist lyrics or anger-inducing tunes because they claim to be able to see past the perverse content and appreciate the skill of the musical artist. They say this gives them good feelings.
If we follow this thought process, we can argue that it took certain skills for Hitler to orchestrate the Holocaust, and this massive atrocity gave him and his followers “good feelings.” Something can take skill and make people happy without being good or justifiable. Not everything that makes teenagers feel good is right for them. Wise parents must also realize that the same is true for them.
Does your favorite music playlist reflect good and godly standards?
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